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1997 Giuseppe Quintarelli - Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 750ml
1997 Giuseppe Quintarelli - Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Italy - Veneto
Red / Corvina Blend
1997 Giuseppe Quintarelli - Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Ian D'Agata Issue: Issue 125

($400) Deep ruby with a hint of garnet at the rim. Highly complex aromas of raspberry, red cherries macerated in alcohol, violet, balsamic vinegar, rose, and milk and bitter chocolate. Amazingly rich, superconcentrated wine, with flavors of chocolate-covered raspberry, cherries macerated in alcohol and fig jam. Refreshing acidity and very silky tannins make this an elegant blockbuster, a feat only the greatest wines manage to achieve.

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Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni Issue: 173

Quintarelli's 1997 Amarone is seductive from the first aromas that float from the glass. It offers a myriad of dried cherries, plums, tea leaves, earthiness, spices, smoke and herbs in a deceptively medium-bodied style bursting with flavor. Constantly changing in the glass, this is a sensual wine of contrasts; it is sweet yet dry, rustic yet incredibly elegant, all at the same time. Unfortunately I have encountered a significant amount of bottle variation with this wine, most recently from two bottles purchased at the same shop. Bottle variation is always frustrating but at roughly $350 a pop this degree of inconsistency is especially painful. A bottle tasted several months ago showed levels of volatile acidity that are high even for this producer, and which obscured everything else in the wine. This bottle, though, tasted in August of 2007, was magical. The phrase caveat emptor has never been more appropriate.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

A wonderful Amarone that offers a complex array of aromas and flavors, including dried cherry, cola, minerals, dried flowers and herbs and light caramel. Full-bodied and full-flavored palate, with integrated tannins and a long finish. Loads of dried fruits. Perfect now. Quintarelli always delivers. Drink now. 1,050 cases made.

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Community Reviews


Gardha Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 02/24/2011


Ricknat1 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 12/17/2009 Drink Dates: 2009+

This was a totally different experience from my last tasting. Did not have the power or richness. Still it was very nice, well balanced but blind, I would not have known it. 90

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